[doo r-uh-tiv, dyoo r-]

adjective Grammar.

noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing incomplete or continued action. Beat and walk are durative in contrast to strike and step.

Origin of durative

First recorded in 1885–90; durat(ion) + -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for durative



denoting an aspect of verbs that includes the imperfective and the progressive


  1. the durative aspect of a verb
  2. a verb in this aspect
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